Bacterioplankton communities in a high-altitude freshwater wetland
Abstract: Microbial communities play a crucial role in various biogeochemical processes in aquatic ecosystems. However, existing knowledge on microbial communities in the waters of wetlands is still very scant. The objective of the present study was to investigate the bacterioplankton community in the Luoshijiang Wetland, a high-altitude freshwater wetland in the Yunnan-Kweichow Plateau. Water samples were collected from different sites. The acterioplankton community was characterized using 16S rRNA gene clone library analysis. A spatial variation of the diversity and composition of the bacterioplankton community was observed. Verrucomicrobia and Proteobacteria were the most abundant components. Proteobacteria might play an important role in water self-purification, but the significance of Verrucomicrobia remained unclear. Moreover, Pearson’s correlation analysis showed that Actinobacteria and Gemmatimonadetes were positively correlated with nitrite nitrogen in waters, while Alphaproteobacteria with dissolved phosphorous.